2017 Work Programme

To Actual and potential levy payers - Under Clause 17 of the Commodities Levy (Harvested Wood Materials) Order 2013 the Forest Growers Levy Trust is required to consult with actual and potential levy payers on how the funds collected will be spent. This is a list of the 2017 work programme projects put forward. At their meeting on 23 November the FOA Executive Council will make a recommendation on the final makeup of the around $9.75 million programme and provide this to the FGLT Board. We welcome your views on the projects included in the document. The projects are not listed in any particular order. Note: based on the anticipated harvest in 2017 being similar to 2016's there is no proposal to increase the current levy rate in 2017. Please feel free to pass on your comments on the work programme to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The next  FGLT Board meeting is 1 November (changed from 3/11). For 2017 the dates are 9 March (Auckland), 11 May, 17 August, 9 November, 7 December. The members AGM will be held on 11 May 2017 - further information on the AGM will be available in due course.

2016 Work Programme

The 2016 Work Programme, (download.pdf 611 KB)  was formally adopted by the FGLT Board on 3 December following extensive consultation with stakeholders through the FOA Executive Council and FOA//FFA Committee process. Note that applications for funding throughout the year are accepted via the process outlined here.

What the levy is used for

The levy is used to fund activities defined in the Plantation Forestry Work Plan 2013-2019. Full details of the funding allocation, details of who benefits and an illustration of the proportion of 2016 (budget) $7.6 million work programme expenditure by broad category of activity is available here.
The Forest Growers Levy Trust (FGLT) is a statutorily endorsed forest industry organisation and was established on 4 March 2013 to manage the proceeds of the newly introduced levy on plantation timber products coming from the forest.  The Trust was not formally established until the Levy Order was issued. It was preceded by the work of the Establishment Board during 2013. Information on the development of the levy and its implemention, including the work of the Establishment Board during 2013, is available here.
The purpose of the FGLT is largely to help advance the New Zealand plantation forestry industry both domestically and internationally.

It is the responsibility of the FGLT to ensure that the money collected under the levy is appropriately invested in areas of research, development and promotion that will further advance NZ forestry here and overseas.

It is the belief of the Forest Growers Levy Trust that working together will make the forestry industry in New Zealand a more profitable, sustainable and safe environment in which to work.

Levy Statistics Data

The levy rate is 27c per tonne for the 2016 year. The sum of 30c per tonne is the maximum levy rate that can be set for any year of the 6 year term until 31 December 2019. The levy rate has remained stable at 27 cents since the implementation of the Levy Order.

Each year the Plantation Forestry Work Programme will be reviewed and a budget for the next year approved. The levy struck for that period may be more or less than the previous year’s levy, but it may not exceed the maximum levy amount of 30c per tonne.

For a levy analysis statistical summary visit Levy Analysis Summary